The Isle of Man's entertainment history reached
a milestone in 2004 with the opening of the new Villa Marina and
Gaiety Theatre Complex, consisting of the Villa Marina, the Gaiety
Theatre, the Colonnade and extensive gardens. Not only geographically
linked, but also drawing on the experience of the management and
staff from the Gaiety Theatre and Summerland, it is well placed
to take entertainment and the performing arts on through the 21st
Century. At the same time, it provides first-class facilities
for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and functions.
Designed by architect Frank Matcham the Gaiety was opened in 1900
as a grand Opera House and Theatre.
After years of neglect, the Isle of Man Government acquired the
Theatre in 1971 and restoration work began in 1976.
The Building has since been carefully restored back to Matcham's
A thriving theatre, the Gaiety is at the centre of the Island's
Arts scene, staging performances and events throughout
Department of Tourism and Leisure
St Andrew's House